Therapists in Albany, CA

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Melissa Meris
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706  (Online Only)
As a psychologist, my goal is to create a safe and comfortable place to explore feelings and experiences, hopes and dreams. Through reflection and increased self-knowledge, you will be able to reestablish emotional wholeness and increased compassion for yourself and others. This experience will bring greater self acceptance, resilience and self confidence.
As a psychologist, my goal is to create a safe and comfortable place to explore feelings and experiences, hopes and dreams. Through reflection and increased self-knowledge, you will be able to reestablish emotional wholeness and increased compassion for yourself and others. This experience will bring greater self acceptance, resilience and self confidence.
(510) 931-5949 View (510) 931-5949
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Van Metaxas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
You may long to live wholeheartedly - and to feel loved and connected - but struggle with anger, depression, loneliness, or inexplicable sadness and anxiety. You may find the stress of work, life, running a household, or parenting has diminished your capacity to feel joy and be creative. Once a source of comfort and pleasure, your intimate relationship may now be disappointing, frustrating, or even deadening. Therapy can help relieve the symptoms of debilitating feelings by uncovering the underlying (and sometimes unconscious) causes, and empower individuals - and couples - to become the authors of the lives they want to live.
You may long to live wholeheartedly - and to feel loved and connected - but struggle with anger, depression, loneliness, or inexplicable sadness and anxiety. You may find the stress of work, life, running a household, or parenting has diminished your capacity to feel joy and be creative. Once a source of comfort and pleasure, your intimate relationship may now be disappointing, frustrating, or even deadening. Therapy can help relieve the symptoms of debilitating feelings by uncovering the underlying (and sometimes unconscious) causes, and empower individuals - and couples - to become the authors of the lives they want to live.
(415) 763-5931 View (415) 763-5931
Matthew D Blagys
Psychologist, Ph, D
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
I am a Harvard trained psychologist with over 15 years experience in the mental health field. I specialize in working with individuals and families who are feeling stuck in their lives. Many of my clients report feeling overwhelmed with feelings of depression, hopelessness, anger, or low self-esteem. They may have experienced relationship or career conflicts, personal loss, trauma, or be in the middle of important life transitions. I also have advanced post-doctoral training in working with individuals who engage in potentially harmful behaviors and young adults struggling to develop their life path.
I am a Harvard trained psychologist with over 15 years experience in the mental health field. I specialize in working with individuals and families who are feeling stuck in their lives. Many of my clients report feeling overwhelmed with feelings of depression, hopelessness, anger, or low self-esteem. They may have experienced relationship or career conflicts, personal loss, trauma, or be in the middle of important life transitions. I also have advanced post-doctoral training in working with individuals who engage in potentially harmful behaviors and young adults struggling to develop their life path.
(510) 254-5160 View (510) 254-5160
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Aaron Fett
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
In my experience, I have been the most helpful in therapy when I have worked with clients suffering with anxiety, trauma, and depression. If you are suffering with anxiety, trauma, and/or depression, you have probably experienced your suffering affecting many different parts of your life, which may include, how you treat and feel about yourself, how well you are doing your job, and how you treat people that you love. Our therapy together can help you cope more effectively with difficult emotions, help you treat yourself better, feel better about yourself, and treat the people that you love in the way that you want to.
In my experience, I have been the most helpful in therapy when I have worked with clients suffering with anxiety, trauma, and depression. If you are suffering with anxiety, trauma, and/or depression, you have probably experienced your suffering affecting many different parts of your life, which may include, how you treat and feel about yourself, how well you are doing your job, and how you treat people that you love. Our therapy together can help you cope more effectively with difficult emotions, help you treat yourself better, feel better about yourself, and treat the people that you love in the way that you want to.
(341) 217-6597 View (341) 217-6597
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Arielle Balbus
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
Life is messy. As we all navigate it the best we can, a lot of us find survival strategies that make sense at the time but don’t serve us in the long run. If you or your child are having trouble in relationships, feeling consistently down or anxious, or finding yourself stuck in painful past experiences, therapy can help identify patterns that don’t serve you and build practices that enable you to thrive. ​
Life is messy. As we all navigate it the best we can, a lot of us find survival strategies that make sense at the time but don’t serve us in the long run. If you or your child are having trouble in relationships, feeling consistently down or anxious, or finding yourself stuck in painful past experiences, therapy can help identify patterns that don’t serve you and build practices that enable you to thrive. ​
(510) 240-8582 View (510) 240-8582
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Jennifer Kirkland
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706  (Online Only)
During these stressful times, more than ever people need support for positive change. Being able to connect with someone can open up the possibilities for better relationships, and a better life. Finding someone to partner with can help make the shift from suffering in silence to working together to create solutions.
During these stressful times, more than ever people need support for positive change. Being able to connect with someone can open up the possibilities for better relationships, and a better life. Finding someone to partner with can help make the shift from suffering in silence to working together to create solutions.
(510) 399-0868 View (510) 399-0868
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Allan Grill
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT, CRC
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
I work with clients with various medical conditions, including neurological disorders, physically disabling and aging-related conditions, and other impairments. Clients include Caregivers and LGBT persons with disabling conditions. For over 25 years I have helped adults with emotional and logistical concerns related to chronic medical and aging-related conditions, short and long term care planning, relationship and communication problems, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. I hold an MS degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and am a Nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a California licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Please see my website www.allangrill.com for more information.
I work with clients with various medical conditions, including neurological disorders, physically disabling and aging-related conditions, and other impairments. Clients include Caregivers and LGBT persons with disabling conditions. For over 25 years I have helped adults with emotional and logistical concerns related to chronic medical and aging-related conditions, short and long term care planning, relationship and communication problems, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. I hold an MS degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and am a Nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a California licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Please see my website www.allangrill.com for more information.
(510) 232-1630 View (510) 232-1630
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Julia Barker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
Hi! I’m Julia, a holistic psychotherapist. My passion is guiding professionals and couples through the unique challenges of relationships, dating, anxiety, and self-esteem. With a unique blend of psychological expertise, practical tools, and transformational spiritual practices (such as mindfulness meditation and visualization), I can help you transform your unconscious patterns into conscious choices. My compassionate and integrative approach is tailored to your specific needs, helping you unlock your greatest potential and achieve lasting transformation.
Hi! I’m Julia, a holistic psychotherapist. My passion is guiding professionals and couples through the unique challenges of relationships, dating, anxiety, and self-esteem. With a unique blend of psychological expertise, practical tools, and transformational spiritual practices (such as mindfulness meditation and visualization), I can help you transform your unconscious patterns into conscious choices. My compassionate and integrative approach is tailored to your specific needs, helping you unlock your greatest potential and achieve lasting transformation.
(510) 630-1096 View (510) 630-1096
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Cheryl Krauter
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
Working with performing artists, artists, creative people has inspired me for over 30 years. I welcome those who are looking to make choices that create depth and meaning in their lives. Each one of us has an individual path, each therapy relationship is unique. My work is relational and interactive. I listen deeply. I respect where you are. I am able to sit with you in sorrow and in laughter.
Working with performing artists, artists, creative people has inspired me for over 30 years. I welcome those who are looking to make choices that create depth and meaning in their lives. Each one of us has an individual path, each therapy relationship is unique. My work is relational and interactive. I listen deeply. I respect where you are. I am able to sit with you in sorrow and in laughter.
(510) 250-3820 View (510) 250-3820
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Isaac Sussman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
I am committed to guiding my clients toward a deeper experience and understanding of themselves and their lives. I assist with the unfolding of their own natural processes of change and growth and work to foster a sense of self-acceptance and curiosity as they begin to open up to themselves more and more. In this process of opening up, great distress and pain often accompany possibilities for connection and joy. Therefore, I find it crucial to help clients befriend the difficult places inside of themselves in the service of developing a sense of wholeness and integration.
I am committed to guiding my clients toward a deeper experience and understanding of themselves and their lives. I assist with the unfolding of their own natural processes of change and growth and work to foster a sense of self-acceptance and curiosity as they begin to open up to themselves more and more. In this process of opening up, great distress and pain often accompany possibilities for connection and joy. Therefore, I find it crucial to help clients befriend the difficult places inside of themselves in the service of developing a sense of wholeness and integration.
(628) 200-4305 View (628) 200-4305
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Anna Talamo
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
Are you feeling stuck on a past relationship or experience? Finding it hard to cultivate compassion for yourself? Yearning for more creativity in your life? Would you like to develop an openness to growth and problem-solving, or a fresh approach to parenting? If any of these topics resonate with you, or you are looking for ways to manage your depression, anxiety, or responses to a traumatic experience, I may be able to work together with you to find answers and new ways of living.
Are you feeling stuck on a past relationship or experience? Finding it hard to cultivate compassion for yourself? Yearning for more creativity in your life? Would you like to develop an openness to growth and problem-solving, or a fresh approach to parenting? If any of these topics resonate with you, or you are looking for ways to manage your depression, anxiety, or responses to a traumatic experience, I may be able to work together with you to find answers and new ways of living.
(510) 978-4264 View (510) 978-4264
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Maureen Franey
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
Every person has many sides to their personality. Often these different sides are in conflict with one another and cause pain, anxiety and/or depression. When we find ourselves caught in repeated conflict in relationships, or we behave in ways that feel uncharacteristic, we often are in conflict with an aspect of ourself that is unknown or unconscious to us.The goal of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy is to help the unconscious self become conscious. When we begin to know ourselves better we can often make better choices and develop better tools to deal with the conflicts and stress that life brings us.
Every person has many sides to their personality. Often these different sides are in conflict with one another and cause pain, anxiety and/or depression. When we find ourselves caught in repeated conflict in relationships, or we behave in ways that feel uncharacteristic, we often are in conflict with an aspect of ourself that is unknown or unconscious to us.The goal of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy is to help the unconscious self become conscious. When we begin to know ourselves better we can often make better choices and develop better tools to deal with the conflicts and stress that life brings us.
(510) 230-0304 View (510) 230-0304
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Simon Kiyoshi Hara
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706  (Online Only)
Our thoughts and emotions are telling us something. At times the message is clear. At others the message feels garbled, or we are not ready to receive it. I would like to help. Often my clients seek support around confusing emotions and thoughts that accompany life transitions, and relationships. We build insight through understanding these thoughts and feelings. Themes might include: overwhelm, burnout, relational trauma, family dynamics, identity, self-esteem, vulnerability, boundaries, and interpersonal communication. All of this will be in service of helping your emotions to inform your journey, rather than stifle it.
Our thoughts and emotions are telling us something. At times the message is clear. At others the message feels garbled, or we are not ready to receive it. I would like to help. Often my clients seek support around confusing emotions and thoughts that accompany life transitions, and relationships. We build insight through understanding these thoughts and feelings. Themes might include: overwhelm, burnout, relational trauma, family dynamics, identity, self-esteem, vulnerability, boundaries, and interpersonal communication. All of this will be in service of helping your emotions to inform your journey, rather than stifle it.
(510) 616-9554 View (510) 616-9554
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Todd Rising
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94707
While it can be intimidating to think about beginning therapy, it’s my hope that my warm and collaborative style of engaging with you will offer some ease in initiating our work together. Having dedicated space for understanding and learning about you by speaking can feel relieving, and starts with a good amount of courage in your initial reaching out. In our work together, I will carefully listen to you while building a collaborative relationship based in warm curiosity, offering you my thoughts and connections related to the barriers that may be holding you back from moving towards your known and yet-to-be-known goals.
While it can be intimidating to think about beginning therapy, it’s my hope that my warm and collaborative style of engaging with you will offer some ease in initiating our work together. Having dedicated space for understanding and learning about you by speaking can feel relieving, and starts with a good amount of courage in your initial reaching out. In our work together, I will carefully listen to you while building a collaborative relationship based in warm curiosity, offering you my thoughts and connections related to the barriers that may be holding you back from moving towards your known and yet-to-be-known goals.
(415) 484-8627 View (415) 484-8627
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Halle Brown
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MA, NCC®
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
When we are anxious, unsettled, or stuck, and unsure what our next steps should be or whether it is even possible to feel better about our self, our life path, or our relationships, we can feel very alone. You may have tried therapy before, or self-help strategies, and perhaps found some short-term relief, but are wondering if longer-term solutions and genuine life satisfaction are real possibilities for you. You may be finding difficulty holding on to a sense of hope that your life can change for the better, yet there is some glimmer of desire that has led you here, to search for help. There is a part of you that wants to heal.
When we are anxious, unsettled, or stuck, and unsure what our next steps should be or whether it is even possible to feel better about our self, our life path, or our relationships, we can feel very alone. You may have tried therapy before, or self-help strategies, and perhaps found some short-term relief, but are wondering if longer-term solutions and genuine life satisfaction are real possibilities for you. You may be finding difficulty holding on to a sense of hope that your life can change for the better, yet there is some glimmer of desire that has led you here, to search for help. There is a part of you that wants to heal.
(510) 216-4591 View (510) 216-4591
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Jannat Zahoor
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706  (Online Only)
My passion is in serving individuals who are seeking to cultivate inner peace, build self-trust, nourish meaningful connections, and create joy in their lives. My Areas of Focus are Depression & Low Self-Esteem, Anxiety, Stress, & Burnout, Family & Relational Trauma, and Identity & Spiritual Exploration. I work with BIPOC/ People of the Global Majority, Children of Immigrants, Queer Folk, Neurodivergent folk, and Adult Children of Alcoholics.
My passion is in serving individuals who are seeking to cultivate inner peace, build self-trust, nourish meaningful connections, and create joy in their lives. My Areas of Focus are Depression & Low Self-Esteem, Anxiety, Stress, & Burnout, Family & Relational Trauma, and Identity & Spiritual Exploration. I work with BIPOC/ People of the Global Majority, Children of Immigrants, Queer Folk, Neurodivergent folk, and Adult Children of Alcoholics.
(510) 983-7987 View (510) 983-7987
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Naomi Kimmelman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706  (Online Only)
I offer support in coming into greater clarity, connection, self assuredness, ease and peace about the past, where you are now, and where you hope to go or get to within yourself and relationships. If you are feeling stifled by anxiety, depression or overwhelm, are trying to navigate decisions about your life and relationships, are wanting to change patterns, heal from trauma, or are processing grief, loss and change, I may be the therapist for you. I love supporting individuals through these sorts of challenges and more. Email me to setup a free consultation. Whatever you are experiencing, you do not have to go through it alone.
I offer support in coming into greater clarity, connection, self assuredness, ease and peace about the past, where you are now, and where you hope to go or get to within yourself and relationships. If you are feeling stifled by anxiety, depression or overwhelm, are trying to navigate decisions about your life and relationships, are wanting to change patterns, heal from trauma, or are processing grief, loss and change, I may be the therapist for you. I love supporting individuals through these sorts of challenges and more. Email me to setup a free consultation. Whatever you are experiencing, you do not have to go through it alone.
(510) 800-9427 View (510) 800-9427
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Amy Hartman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706  (Online Only)
Have anxious thoughts become overwhelming and led you to doubt yourself and your decisions? Maybe it’s tough to get out of a bed in the morning, or you keep pushing and striving, but have difficulty accessing a sense of fulfillment and peace? Maybe you feel like you’re always giving to and pleasing others, but don’t ever feel nourished and “filled up” yourself? Therapy is a great way to get support in navigating the daily challenges of life, but also the bigger and more long-term struggles.
Have anxious thoughts become overwhelming and led you to doubt yourself and your decisions? Maybe it’s tough to get out of a bed in the morning, or you keep pushing and striving, but have difficulty accessing a sense of fulfillment and peace? Maybe you feel like you’re always giving to and pleasing others, but don’t ever feel nourished and “filled up” yourself? Therapy is a great way to get support in navigating the daily challenges of life, but also the bigger and more long-term struggles.
(510) 288-7882 View (510) 288-7882
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James Francis Gallagher Jr.
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
We are all born whole, in lovingkind perfection. But life produces obstacles that sidetrack our becoming ourselves. Obstacles take any forms: trauma in the body, inauthentic identities, existential fears, beliefs indoctrinated but in conflict with one's essential values, or anxiety that something is wrong with oneself. The result can be alienation, grief, substance use issues, depression, anxiety, difficulty connecting, or incapacity to speak or create from the heart. Reconnecting with ones body, the natural world, and with an unconditional community are the foundations re-emerging into the Self you've always been.
We are all born whole, in lovingkind perfection. But life produces obstacles that sidetrack our becoming ourselves. Obstacles take any forms: trauma in the body, inauthentic identities, existential fears, beliefs indoctrinated but in conflict with one's essential values, or anxiety that something is wrong with oneself. The result can be alienation, grief, substance use issues, depression, anxiety, difficulty connecting, or incapacity to speak or create from the heart. Reconnecting with ones body, the natural world, and with an unconditional community are the foundations re-emerging into the Self you've always been.
(510) 876-9446 View (510) 876-9446
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Joanna Wise Bradman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
I work with individual adults, adult families and adolescents. My work is grounded in contemporary and relational psychoanalytic theory, with particular attention paid to multicultural context. My psychotherapy practice serves people who feel blocked by certain behaviors or patterns of relating with people, who seek to improve individual well-being and personal relationships, and/or who have experienced trauma within their families or elsewhere, including survivors of war or other conflict. My practice focus includes older adults and clients with chronic health and/or mental health conditions, and with caregivers.
I work with individual adults, adult families and adolescents. My work is grounded in contemporary and relational psychoanalytic theory, with particular attention paid to multicultural context. My psychotherapy practice serves people who feel blocked by certain behaviors or patterns of relating with people, who seek to improve individual well-being and personal relationships, and/or who have experienced trauma within their families or elsewhere, including survivors of war or other conflict. My practice focus includes older adults and clients with chronic health and/or mental health conditions, and with caregivers.
(510) 255-5312 View (510) 255-5312
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Number of Therapists in Albany, CA

200+

Average cost per session

$195

Therapists in Albany, CA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
87% Relationship Issues
87% Depression
78% Grief
73% Trauma and PTSD
73% Self Esteem
62% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

36% Other
33% Aetna
28% Medicare

How Therapists in Albany, CA see their clients

76% In Person and Online
24% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
21% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Albany?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.